New Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Your Family

A great Christmas celebration combines classic customs with new family traditions. Enjoy something a little different this holiday season with these unique ways to celebrate Christmas with your family and Hickory Farms.

Make this year’s tree edible

For a dessert that is both beautiful and delicious, let your kids make their own festive Christmas tree. Start by gathering the ingredients, including ice cream cones, frosting in various shades of green, and brightly colored candies, such as our Mini Melt Away Mints. Turn the ice cream cone upside down on a plate and cover it with the frosting. Then, let your child’s imagination run wild as he or she decorates the tree with the candies.

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Take the time to reflect on your year

For a tradition that you will love for years to come, spend an afternoon recording your favorite memories of the year. Gather your family together to enjoy a snack of our Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar, and Golden Toasted Crackers while you talk about all of the exciting things that you did together. Then, in a keepsake book, write down a few of your favorite memories. Each year, start this tradition by reading what you wrote in past years.

Adopt ancient traditions

One of the earliest known Christmas celebrations involved decorating outdoor trees to feed the birds. Adopt this ancient tradition as part of your modern celebration by threading our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle onto strings and draping the strings around branches in your yard.

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Explore other cultures

Throughout the globe, many cultures celebrate Christmas by putting their own spin on the festivities. Add a global perspective to your celebration by baking a batch of classic lefse from Norway or Mexican wedding cookies. Your kids will love spending time with you as you research holidays around the world.

Introducing new traditions is a great way to make your family holiday celebrations truly your own. Try a couple of these ideas, combined with ingredients from our Hickory Farms Top Sellers, and put your own unique stamp on this year’s festivities.

Host a Classic Christmas Party for Family & Friends

One of the most important parts of the holiday season is sharing your family traditions with your children. Pass on beautiful memories by hosting a classic Christmas party for friends and family with Hickory Farms and these tips.

Holiday Traditions

Although Christmas celebrations began around 336 A.D., the holiday really took off in the 1800s when it became a treasured family holiday. From these historic roots, classic pieces of the ancient celebration, such as Christmas greenery, Saint Nick, the tradition of gift giving, and mistletoe kissing, emerged. To keep your party grounded in tradition, be sure to incorporate a few of these classic elements.

Preparing Your Home

Christmas decor instantly makes your home warm and welcoming. Make sure that your friends and family really feel the holiday spirit by sprinkling your home with green and red accents. Try throwing a red gingham blanket over your sofa and draping your mantle in garland. For an extra yummy decorative option, thread strings with our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle for your tree. Your guests will love plucking their dessert from the branches.

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Plan the Menu

Nothing really creates as many holiday memories as food. For a classic and elegant menu, start by preparing a Beef Tenderloin paired with a truffled wine sauce. This delicious combination of classic flavors is made extra special with the addition of cremini mushrooms, truffle oil, and a big splash of the Pinot Noir from our All The Cellar’s Best gift box.

Complete your meal with festive sides, such as a mixed green salad with our Mandarin oranges, cranberries, and slices of our Triple Crème Cheese. Cinnamon stewed apples made with our Fuji Apples, spices, and sugar is another great side dish that will add a nice sweetness to your savory meal.

Pay homage to classic holiday traditions with these guidelines for festive food and decor. For everything from your holiday hors d’oeuvres to your holiday gifts, Hickory Farms has the perfect gift basket for you.

Corporate Party Ideas for the Holidays

Throwing your employees a Thanksgiving party is a great way to let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work. This year, you can make your corporate party extra special with these simple party planning tips.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Time and Place

The holidays are a busy time for most people. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that both the time and place work for everybody. You should pick a location that’s festive and centrally located for employees. If you decide to host an office party, make sure to go the extra mile with your decor to give the event a boost of festivity.

Next, select a time that won’t overlap with family activities. Try scheduling the party a day or two before Thanksgiving or, if you want to have the party on Thanksgiving, select a time that doesn’t conflict with dinner.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Theme

When choosing the party’s decor, try sticking to a theme. A fall harvest is a simple idea with tons of possibilities. Try decorating with fall squashes, carved pumpkins and a bouquet of leafy greens. An apple theme can also give you great ideas for fun decorations, delicious food and beverage pairings.

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Source: Freedigitalphotos.net

Activities

Plan a few activities to ensure that everyone will have a good time. You can compile a list of fun games to play during the event, as well as a playlist for background music. Additionally, you can plan charitable activities, such as a canned food drive, to help spread holiday cheer to others in need.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Southern Living

Food

Food is one of the core components of every great party. Because your employees will be eating heavy meals at upcoming holiday celebrations, it’s a good idea to stick to snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Set out our Home for the Holidays gift box to lay out an assortment of cheeses, sausages and crackers, or the Hickory Holiday Celebration Gift Basket featuring a variety of sausages, mixed nuts, fruits, cheeses and wines.

By choosing a great venue, planning some activities and taking advantage of our Hickory Farms’ corporate gift baskets, you can throw a great Thanksgiving party that the whole office will love.